Yesterday I participated in the WVSA AGM and it was pretty much what was expected... a group of people who really care about soccer at the local level meeting up and doing what they think is best for soccer in the state.
Something I have been thinking about all day today though is the fact that the WVSA operates in a vacuum. The state association has little to no direction from the USSF.
Question of the day for me.— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) March 4, 2018
Does the #USSF have a long term strategic plan with identified and measurable goals?
If they do... nobody has ever seen it.@ussoccer is doing a disservice to every organization under its umbrella by not giving them the goals of the organization
I have never seen a USSF strategic plan, I have never heard any discussion about one, and the state associations never discuss how what they are doing works to accomplish the stated goals of the USSF strategic plan.
A strategic plan at the top would focus the energy, resources, and time of everyone in the organization at every level in the same direction. It also would add accountability...
And worse yet if there actually aren't set, defined and measurable goals, financial and on the field at all levels.— Mike Kopack (@MKopack) March 4, 2018
The worst answer to, "How did we do this year?" is "I don't know, pretty good I think."
How do we know if we are doing a good job? How can we all have a discussion as a soccer nation on the direction we are heading if we don't have goals? How can we judge if the boards of the USSF and our state associations are doing a good job if we aren't working toward any overarching strategic goals?
A public strategic plan would also allow a discussion about where do we actually want to end up?
Write it down.
Let everybody talk about it.
Let us figure out if we agree with it or not.